Q&A with Pedro Márquez PhD, Dean of Faculty of Management, Royal Roads University

Pedro Márquez PhD, Dean of Faculty of Management, Royal Roads University talks about the appeal of his university

Q: What sets Royal Roads’ School of Business apart from other institutions? 
Many things, including what we teach, who we teach and how we teach. Our innovative Learning and Teaching Model delivers business programs to highly motivated and mature students with real-life working experience.
The average age of our MBA students is 42 and they bring an average of 13 years of work experience. With this invaluable, relevant professional experience, they don’t need to be “lectured to” about theories and concepts. Instead, we use a constructivist approach to help them learn, supported by a cohort and team-based environment, using business cases to strengthen their business competencies and capacity to apply their knowledge.   
Q: What do students tell you about the program? 
That at RRU they receive more than subject content knowledge; they also develop critical thinking, their capacity to communicate and work with others, to solve problems and adopt a global perspective. By learning how to learn, apply their knowledge and competencies, and work with others, and by reflecting on their own career paths, they actually experience a process of self-transformation.  
Q: Why do students choose the school? 
Students choose our school for many reasons, including the convenience of being able to study and work at the same time. Others come because of our learning and teaching model, better suited to the needs of people with different learning styles, or to advance their professional competencies. Some are motivated by our subject content expertise in Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Sustainability, International Business and Management Consulting. 
Q: What kind of growth have you seen? 
Overall, RRU grew about 20% during the last two years, primarily from an aggressive expansion in the number of programs across all faculties. At the Faculty of Management new programs include our Master of Global Management, Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management and Bachelor of Business Administration with specialization in International Business and Sustainability. International alliances have also encouraged rapid growth in the number of international students.  
Q: What does the future hold? 
A very exciting future, we have no doubt. Post-secondary education is experiencing an important transformation. New approaches to education, new technologies and an expanding need for knowledge and professional skills will accelerate such pace of change.